We hope you find this devotion encouraging this week! This week, we’re learning about how just God is – that we do sin, like Achan, and deserve death, but God is forgiving too! Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verse and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” -Joshua 1:9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Review the Big Picture Question for this unit with your children: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God punished Achan for his sin, then God fought for His people at Ai.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Joshua 7-8. This story can be found on pages 52-55 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Lord had helped the Israelites take over the city of Jericho. He had given them specific instructions about what to do with everything in the city. But the Israelites did not obey God completely. They kept some things for themselves, and God knew. So when the Israelites attacked the city of Ai, God did not fight for them.
Now all the Israelites were afraid. Joshua was sad. He did not understand why Israel had lost the battle. But God said to Joshua, “Israel has sinned. They took some of the things I told them not to. This is why they cannot defeat their enemies.”
The next day, the Israelites came together and God showed Joshua which man had sinned. The man’s name was Achan. Achan confessed that he had taken from Jericho a beautiful cloak, some pieces of silver, and a bar of gold. Achan had buried the things in his tent.
After Achan was punished for his sin, God told Joshua to attack Ai again. This time, God promised to give them victory over the city. The king of Ai sent out his men to fight. When the enemy army got near, Joshua and the Israelites pretended to be afraid, so the army of Ai chased them away from the city.
Joshua held out his sword, and the men who were hiding took over the city. This time, the Israelites did just what God said.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Why did God let Israel lose the battle against Ai? (sin, someone kept things from Jericho for himself)
- Who took a coat, silver, and gold and buried them under his tent? (Achan)
- What happened to Achan and his family? (they were punished)
- What happened when the Israelites fought Ai the second time? (they won because God was with them)
- What was the name of the first city the Israelites conquered after crossing the Jordan River? (Jericho)
- What was the name of the second city the Israelites attacked? (Ai)
- What items did Achan steal from Jericho? (cloak, silver, and gold)
- Where did Achan hide the items he had stolen? (under his tent)
- After Achan was punished for his sin, what did God tell the Israelites to do? (go and attack the city of Ai again)
- Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite, you can use this lyrics video to sing I Am Set Free, or sing our Kids City songs from this unit.
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God punished Achan for his sin. The Bible says that the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because we sin, we deserve to be punished. Jesus came to take the punishment for us. God forgives our sin when we trust in Jesus.
The punishment for Achan’s sin was death. It seems harsh, but the Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Because we sin, we deserve to die too. Jesus came to die in our place. When we confess our sins and trust in Jesus, we are forgive and saved from spiritual death.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God for sending His son, Jesus, to take the punishment for our sin. Ask Him for forgiveness for any sins you’ve done this past week. Thank God for loving us even though we are sinners.